Camilla Skovgaard designed for the Royal family of Dubai

16 Dec

The beautiful and talented Danish shoe designer Camilla Skovgaard has slowly and steadily climbed the ladder to success with her distinctive shoe designs.

She is famous for creating unique contemporary designs with emphasis given on the form, materials and style rather than the decoration of the shoes.

Camilla lives and works out of London, produces in China, sources materials from Italy, and has an office in Dubai.

Interestingly, unlike other famous shoe designers, her story of success is quiet different.

she started off by working with the royal families of Dubai, before she departing for her shoe journey.

It makes me immensely proud to be a Dubaian with designers like Camilla emerging from our region.

Here are excerpts from her interview that she recently gave at the Elizabeth Charles boutique in the West Village where she showcased her spring collection.

“You got your start designing clothing for the Sheikh’s wives and daughters in Dubai. How on earth did you get that job?
It was very strange. I was 20 and just back home in Denmark from a tailoring course in London. My mom had the paper out because she was looking for a job for my brother and there was an advertisement in the newspaper to come to Dubai to design. No one had heard of Dubai then–it wasn’t the tourist destination it is now. You had to be 25 but I typed out my letter anyway (there weren’t computers everywhere then) and said ‘I’m a student would you consider taking me down for training?’ They [a French company–she wouldn’t say which one] called me in and I clicked with the women right away. They flew me down and I got along very well with the ladies and I was very quick at sketching and I think she was smart in taking someone so young because she could mold me. I was only meant to say for a year but I came straight in with the local women for their engagements and weddings and childbirths so it gave me a lot more of a personal angle into the country and I think that’s why i ended up staying seven years.

But you designed clothes for the Sheikh’s wives and daughters–not shoes, right?
That’s when I first started paying attention to shoes because these women spent huge amounts of money on handmade clothes and then the shoes were like an afterthought. The shoes were not very good. oh no. They were all platforms because they want to be taller. And I like platforms but we’re talking bad platforms. They think that because everything is full length and their dresses go down to the floor no one will see, but when you’re sitting down and you walk on those wedding stages it’s terrible.”

Check out her collection below.

You can buy online at the following sites.





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